County at a Glance
1996: 273,418 2000: 292,569
304.73 square miles
Seat of Government:
40 miles west of New York City 60 miles north of Philadelphia Located near highways Route 22, 287, 202, 206, & 78, all of which provide easy access to major areas in New Jersey and beyond.
"It's easier for business to grow in Somerset County, one of that area's good points is the transportation infrastructure."- Rutgers Economic Advisory Service
HighwaysInterstate Routes 78 and 287, US Highway 22, NJ Highways 202 and 206, County Road 28
Railroads Raritan Valley CC - Freight and Passenger Morris-Peapack - Passenger Lehigh Valley - Freight West Trenton - Freight
Water Port of Newark & New York
AirfieldsCentral Jersey, Princeton, Somerset, Solberg, Newark International, Lehigh Valley Int'l Airport, Allentown, PA
New York City
Newark Int'l Airport
Lehigh Valley Int'l Airport
Open Space and Parks
Over five thousand acres of open space have been preserved in Somerset County. These lands consist of parkland, farmland, historic locations and environmentally sensitive sites. The residents of Somerset County enjoy outdoor recreation, attractive vistas and cultural enhancement as a result. The acquisition of open space continues in Somerset County targeting the completion of greenway links and further open space opportunities for the County.
N.J. Median Income
Somerset County Median Income
Somerset County's personal income has consistently been ranked among the top twenty in the nation.
Per Capita Income (1994 BEA)
Somerset County is at the hub of Central New Jersey. Its 21 municipalities, which encompass 305 square miles, contain a diversity of landscape, population and development that reflects the varied lifestyles of its estimated 301,955 residents.
As one of America's oldest counties, Somerset is steeped in colonial and Revolutionary War history. The County was established by charter on May 22, 1688, with land conveyances dating to 1651. Historic sites, monuments and buildings are found in virtually every town, preserved for future generations.
Located in the heart of the nation's largest metropolitan area, Somerset County contains a balance between urban and suburban neighborhoods and rural countryside. Fine residential communities, beautiful parks, excellent shopping areas, extensive farmlands, numerous historic sites and outstanding business and industry all make Somerset a desirable place to live, work and play.
The County's 8,600 acres of parkland include golf courses, picnic areas, hiking and bicycling trails, stables, a swimming pool, an Environmental Education Center and the County Fairgrounds, which each year hosts the Somerset County 4-H Fair. The County has preserved more than 4,000 acres of farmland through its Agriculture Development Program.
Our educational facilities - Raritan Valley Community College and Somerset County Vocational High School and Technical Institute- are among the finest in the state. The college, a two-year school in Branchburg Township, includes a library/theater complex and a planetarium.
Many boards, commissions and advisory groups help the Freeholders determine priorities and procedures in areas ranging from farmland preservation to human services delivery. Members, who serve without compensation, perform a valuable service to their community.
Environmental protection, conservation of resources and proper planning for future growth and development - all are major goals for County government. The Board of Chosen Freeholders remains dedicated to serving the residents of Somerset County and to maintaining the county's nationwide reputation for excellence.
Bridgewater at a Glance
The thirty-three square mile area, which is now the Township of Bridgewater was originally purchased from a local Indian tribe. Chartered by King George II of England in 1749, and incorporated in 1899, Bridgewater is a modern suburban municipality with a balance of residential and commercial uses. In the early years, Bridgewater was known as a farming town. What is now Somerville and Raritan were once part of Bridgewater Township until they broke away years after the chartering.
Today, as was said, Bridgewater is a diverse and thriving township with a mix of both urban and suburban life. The township is prime ground for many new and large businesses, including AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, and Brother Computer Products. Bridgewater has progressed rapidly form its rural roots, and will continue to grow in the future.
Population of Bridgewater 1980: 29,175 1990: 32,509 2000: 42,940